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p.1 #1 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


This is my second post to the FM forums, and I would like to take a moment and thank the community here on Fred Miranda for all the kind words and the warm welcome that I received with my first post. Thank you!

This photograph was taken in Katmai National park. My wife and I had traveled there to photograph the salmon feeding brown bear, but I never expected to see a wolf. It is a fortunate and wonderful experience just to get to see a wolf, let alone see a wolf actually looking to take a fish. Unfortunately the salmon were not running strong that day, although the day before they had been. Fewer fish meant a lot fewer bear at the falls that day, which may have created more of an opportunity for the wolf to be out and try to find fish (without having to compete with so many hungry bears).

To say that I was excited is to put it mildly. It was a difficult moment for me photographically, I was very nervous, I guess you could say I had "buck fever". I was fumbling badly in just trying to pick up the camera and mount the lens before the wolf moved on. Needless to say I really was not ready for this photographic opportunity, and being ready and prepared to photograph is, as everyone who does wildlife photography knows, a fundamental rule! BTW as I was going through all this photographic stress, my wife was cool, calm and collected, and enjoying her opportunity to watch this beautiful creature while I was experiencing a massive panic attack!

When I finally mounted the lens to the camera, all I could think about was making a unique image, one that hopefully would capture the thrill and beauty of the moment. I have an affinity for photographs featuring silky moving water, so all I could think was to use a slow shutter speed to blur the water, to give me that silky water effect that I really like. I quickly placed the camera/lens on my tripod and slowed the shutter speed to blur the water.... not thinking for a moment that the wolf might move, effectively ruining my image. I was still in a state of shock and anxiety and could not think straight! Not until the wolf started upstream did I realize how lucky I had just been! I had made a major mistake, I never got my insurance shots of the wolf in the stream, photos taken at a more conventional higher shutter speed, that are more likely to give me sharp useable images of a wolf in a stream looking for fish. Fortunately for me the wolf remained still long enough to give me the image that I was seeking..... a very lucky break in deed!!!!!!

I sincerely hope you enjoy the image and the short story.






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Jul 17, 2013 at 09:08 PM
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p.1 #2 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Lovely image, I'm jealous...certainly a unique shot, most would be thrilled to get any shot of a wolf, but this is one no one ever expects to see...big congratulations.


Jul 17, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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p.1 #3 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Way cool capture. Thanks for sharing.

Bill



Jul 17, 2013 at 09:18 PM
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p.1 #4 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


What a great photo. You captured it perfectly.


Jul 17, 2013 at 09:19 PM
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p.1 #5 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


You certainly captured a wonderfully unique moment . Wonderful shot and the blurred water really adds to this. You may have been nervous , but you certainly executed the shot perfectly ! Outstanding capture.

Birdie



Jul 17, 2013 at 09:25 PM
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p.1 #6 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Wow! Amazing shot! I love the water effect---though I admit, had I been in that situation, I would have got the insurance shots FIRST!

I've only been to Katmai once and though a wolf was spotted on the beach a couple of the mornings I was camping there, it was at 4:30AM and I hadn't dragged myself out of my tent yet...



Jul 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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p.1 #7 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Sweet shot!

Ted



Jul 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM
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p.1 #8 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Very cool shot & excellent timing.
Paul



Jul 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #9 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Great shot ! I can relate to your story of not being ready I really like your use of slower shutter speed to blur the water. Nicely done.

Greg



Jul 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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p.1 #10 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


very nice image Nick


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p.1 #11 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Cool shot. Works for me!


Jul 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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p.1 #12 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Regardless how the shot was captured, it is an outstanding picture, Nick!
Congratulations!
Dimitri



Jul 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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p.1 #13 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Lovely shot!


Jul 18, 2013 at 03:47 AM
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p.1 #14 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Beautiful shot, you you make your own luck and that water is full of life you blurred it just right and Mr wollf played your tune too....

Very well done indeed.

M



Jul 18, 2013 at 07:16 AM
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p.1 #15 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


This is an extra nice shot Nick, and the flowing water adds to the shot. I would have had the opposite problem though. I would have used a fast ss, and not thought about slowing it down ~ Ron


Jul 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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p.1 #16 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Great shot Nick !!!

Todd



Jul 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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p.1 #17 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Beautiful image. Success.


Jul 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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p.1 #18 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


I agree with all above.....a unique and most unusual shot, well worth all the stress to your heart.

great capture. print it......more importantly, print out your story about it and paste it to the back of the picture. You know why.

thanks for posting,

Gene



Jul 18, 2013 at 03:19 PM
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p.1 #19 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


Great story and capture...Dave


Jul 18, 2013 at 04:28 PM
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p.1 #20 · Fishing Wolf in Rushng Water


A very enjoyable read and a great pic Nick.
Glad to see you nailed it in the end.
Martin



Jul 18, 2013 at 06:13 PM
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